Do personal pictures affect radiology readings?

I’m not sure what to make of the finding that the interpretation of CT scans improved when the images were place alongside a picture of the patient.

There was an 80 percent drop in incidental findings if a picture wasn’t included. Apparently they looked more closely if the patient photograph was there.

Will patients start bringing personal pictures and demand they be placed in the radiology file? Will the radiologists eventually become desensitized to wave after wave of anonymous faces?

Not sure that it will change anything, but it’s a nice reminder of how little patient contact radiologists currently have.

topics: radiology, ct scan


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